And down the stretch they come.  The Reds enter the final month of the regular season in need of some wins in order to catch and pass the Pirates and Cardinals.  They’ll get their chances this month as the Reds will meet those two for a combined 10 games of the 26 played this month.  So the Reds control their own destiny for the most part.

Controlling your own destiny also involves you winning the games that aren’t against those two teams.  That is what the Reds must do today against Colorado.  Win this game and you guarantee yourself gaining a game on one of those two teams ahead of you.

College football kicked off yesterday, but it is the Reds that need to tighten up those chin straps and finish this thing off.  Discuss the game here and cheer on your Redlegs to victory.  Go Reds!

A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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  1. Another day with a chance to gain ground and another day of wetting their pants.

  2. I think it is time to think about removing Mike Leake from the rotation. Let Cingrani take his spot and leave Reynolds in.

  3. aaaaaaaand, this game looks to be over. I know there is still “time” but lets not fool ourselves. If you really thought the Reds would win with Leake against the Rockies offense, then you need rethink things. Reds spoiled 3 genuine opportunities to score and did nothing. SSDD. Same script, different day. This team simply is confusing and no fun to watch. How can anybody enjoy watching ineptitude, lack of hustle, and no clutch hitting.

    • @fiercev: There’s no such skill as “clutch” hitting, but I take your point. This team is no fun to watch some days.

      • @ToledoRedsFan: Maybe not but we need a word that describes runners all over the bases and only scoring two lousy runs. Call it what you want but I will use “clutch” until a better word is suggested.

  4. Smartest move the Reds have done all night. IMO.

  5. Once again Dusty asleep at the game management wheel. Wait until the pitcher’s arm seems to be falling off and has given the other team a big lead before he makes a change.

    Face palm emoticon? – –
    U

  6. I say load ’em up and bring in Hoover, just for giggles.

  7. The “bring in the relief pitcher and load the bases” move hasn’t worked out well for the Reds recently.

  8. Another Sunday Funday (for teams playing the Reds)

    • @abox03: Any clue who the starters were on those Sundays and whether that was a factor?

      • @Y-City Jim:

        Sun, 4/7 Nationals W 6-3 4-2 Cueto (1-0) Strasburg (1-1)
        Sun, 4/14 at Pirates L 7-10 5-7 Hughes (1-0) Broxton (0-1)
        Sun, 4/21 Marlins W 10-6 11-8 Ondrusek (1-0) Sanabia (2-2)
        Sun, 4/28 at Nationals W 5-2 14-12 Cingrani (2-0) Detwiler (1-2)
        Sun, 5/5 at Cubs W 7-4 18-14 Latos (3-0) Jackson (0-5)
        Sun, 5/12 Brewers W 5-1 22-16 Arroyo (3-4) Peralta (3-3)
        Sun, 5/19 at Phillies L 2-3 26-18 Bastardo (2-1) Chapman (3-2)
        Sun, 5/26 Cubs L 4-5 31-19 Gregg (1-0) Hoover (0-4)
        Sun, 6/2 at Pirates L 4-5 35-22 Wilson (5-0) Simon (4-2)
        Sun, 6/9 Cardinals L 4-11 37-26 Rosenthal (1-0) Hoover (0-5)
        Sun, 6/16 Brewers W 5-1 42-28 Cueto (4-0) Peralta (4-8)
        Sun, 6/23 at D-backs W 4-2 45-32 Latos (7-1) Delgado (0-1)
        Sun, 6/30 at Rangers L 2-3 46-36 Darvish (8-3) Latos (7-2)
        Sun, 7/7 Mariners L 1-3 50-38 Saunders (7-8) Arroyo (7-7)
        Sun, 7/14 at Braves W 8-4 53-42 Ondrusek (3-0) Teheran (7-5)
        Sun, 7/21 Pirates L 2-3 55-43 Locke (9-2) Bailey (5-9)
        Sun, 7/28 at Dodgers L 0-1 59-47 League (6-3) Partch (0-1)
        Sun, 8/4 Cardinals L 2-15 61-51 Lynn (13-5) Leake (10-5)
        Sun, 8/11 Padres W 3-2 65-52 LeCure (2-1) Stauffer (1-1)
        Sun, 8/18 at Brewers W 9-1 70-54 Bailey (8-10) Peralta (8-13)
        Sun, 8/25 Brewers L 1-3 74-57 Estrada (6-4) Reynolds (0-2)

      • @Y-City Jim: In other words, the Sunday losses has not been any one pitcher….they’ve shared the misery

        • @abox03: Looks like most anemic offense on those days. Probably some “Let’s play two or three bench players” days.

  9. I cannot believe that over the past several weeks that we had a series where we had both our soft tossers pitch against St. Louis and now we have them pitching in the low density, low humidity air of Denver. Doesn’t anyone in this organization ever project weeks in advance so adjustments can be made? You don’t use soft tossers (unless maybe they are left-handed) against the Cardinals and you don’t have them pitch in conditions where their breaking stuff isn’t going to move much.

    • I cannot believe that over the past several weeks that we had a series where we had both our soft tossers pitch against St. Louis and now we have them pitching in the low density, low humidity air of Denver. Doesn’t anyone in this organization ever project weeks in advance so adjustments can be made? You don’t use soft tossers (unless maybe they are left-handed) against the Cardinals and you don’t have them pitch in conditions where their breaking stuff isn’t going to move much.

      So screw up the rotation? I don’t see any other teams doing that, this is not fantasy baseball.

    • @Y-City Jim: In this case, that would put the “soft-tossers” going against St. Louis and Wainwright tomorrow and against the Cards again on Tuesday instead of Latos and Bailey?

      • @kywhi: Which means having more than one soft tossers probably isn’t a good idea. Point well taken though. I’d much rather see Latos and Bailey going for us against the Cardinals. Wish we had Cingrani to throw in there as well. I’d almost rather see some waiver wire LHer go against St. Louis than Arroyo or Leake.

  10. …and Simon gives it up, mercy!

  11. I wonder how many times the reds have come back to win a game this year after being behind later than the 5th inning or so. I don’t recall many.

  12. that “extra batter” cost the team 2 more runs

    • @VaRedsFan: Honestly, if you can’t expect a starter to go 5 innings against a sub.500 team, you need to evaluate your strategy.

  13. Rockettes have a fairly lame staff. The Reds have fairly inept baserunners and even more feeble hitters. This one ain’t over yet. Just glad I didn’t buy a ticket.

  14. Pretty good job by Simon.

  15. Spent quite some time (5-6 days) in downtown Denver. There’s plenty of things to do, for Arroyo & Leake, other than PITCH.

  16. Here we go! Need to get a few this inning.

  17. well that’ll push leake’s era to @8 over his last five starts. i think.

  18. nice start…we need a crooked number this inning

  19. How many Gold Glove plays can Arenado make this series?

  20. And just like that…..

  21. 9 hits and 2 runs…sigh.

  22. Another offensive outburst.

  23. Good lord these team has no clue!!! Another double play! God how can anybody like seeing this?!?! 1st and 2nd no outs and BOOM! DOUBLE PLAY CITY! Karma and destiny are not in the Reds favor this season.

  24. Is Frazier replaceable, with Hannahan, if Hannahan was given the same number of starts? Honest answer, here.

    • @wildwestLV: Considering Frazier has been terrible this year and STILL has over .100 more OPS than Hannahan, and that’s including the fact that Hannahan only bats against right handers… can you imagine how pathetic his numbers would be if he had to face both? Frazier is also playing at almost gold glove level defense.

      So no, he honestly isn’t. A backup who only can bat against right handers and still is bad is not a replacement for Frazier.

  25. And X. Paul should NEVER hit, except off the bench.

  26. 3 hits in the inning and we’ve got a guy to 3rd base already. Nice.

  27. Lefty ragarm. Choo might need to step into one.

  28. Interesting. Manager of team going nowhere managing like he’s in a pennant race and manager in pennant race managing like its the third week of March in Goodyear.

  29. This is standard Baker-ball. Never win more than 2 games in a row.

    • @Johnu1: You never want to reveal too much to your opponent. Especially non-Divisional ones.

    • @Johnu1: Don’t look at me, they’re big boys, this is the big leagues, they’ll figure it out and go ask them about it.

  30. 3 hits for most teams in an inning usually equates to 1 or more runs. With the Reds it equals 0 runs and a lot of embarrassment.

  31. I just have no confidence this team is going to recover. This is the least interesting pennant contender I have ever seen. Even if they win this game, it’s because the Rox are awful, not that the Reds are that good.

  32. Socks = cool. Stirrups = dork.

  33. 3 hits and 0 runs. Seen this movie before. Man, we stink. Win one game big and then we just go back to our old ways… Can’t get a two game winning streak against bad teams.

    Love Choo but can’t hit lefties – worse than pitcher’s bat avg. votto, yes he needs a day or two off. Totally non factor recently and is making mental mistakes.

    The team needs to have a sense of urgency and toughness each at bat…which will never happen but, just saying

  34. I generally ignore the games on Sundays anymore, but I popped online to check out what was happening. 2 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings. You almost have to TRY to score that little with that many hits. 2 GIDP and at least one TOOTBLAN. Classic 2013 Reds.

  35. What happened to Chapman? Is he hurt?

  36. I’m looking forward to seeing Hamilton play. I’ve heard a lot about him but have never seem him play. Gonna be exciting when he gets on 1st base.

  37. So if you aren’t going to expect Chappy to save anything, why not just let him pitch an inning? They’re not going to win this anyhow.

  38. Baseball fashion w/ Chris Welsh = death by a thousand cuts.

  39. Partch! You can tell Dusty really wants this one.

  40. Yea. This team is slow…real slow…
    What a boring team to watch – surprising for a team 15 games above 500.

    Oh now dusty is on a quick hook. Take Parra out ..but he almost always leave starters in the game too long….yea that’s it Dusty.. Now we r already down by 4 runs,… Cannot stand this manager..

    • @tae: The problem is that Leake, again, didn’t bring his game. There is ZERO reason for him to not go 6 innings. This isn’t the first time. If these guys aren’t up to the challenge, gotta ask why. Pitchers have to throw outs if they want to win.

  41. Dusty ALMOST argued a call. At least he didn’t yawn while he was out there.

  42. Did Dusty go out? I missed it!

  43. How do you do a double steal in the major leagues these days?

  44. The replay showed clearly that the runner was out at third. But on the radio broadcast, Marty would rather criticize the Reds for not getting the out. Says that the runner was “clearly” safe.

  45. This year we r not a come from behind team.
    Seems we give up trying when behind. Sad but true. Down 4 runs . Doubt we come back… Why.. ” there is tomorrow ” dusty says.

    Hate to say but there needs to be a shock to this system – air of complacency, indifference, lack of hustle, mental mistakes, bad managing, etc. firing dusty now would do it, but ownership won’t.

  46. Nice job by Partch.

  47. Anyone else lose their mlb.com tv connection? Mines stuck on commercial break.

  48. 4 runs at Coors Field is more than doable. Let’s go Reds!

  49. The Reds haven’t come back from 4 down all season. Now’s the time.

  50. @fiercev: Other than Choo’s good day at the plate, about the only other “energy” we’ve seen so far this game has been Votto nearly running over Berry as he held up the stop sign and Phillips falling on his rear attempting a routine play at second.

    • @fiercev: Other than Choo’s good day at the plate, about the only other “energy” we’ve seen so far this game has been Votto nearly running over Berry as he held up the stop sign and Phillips falling on his rear attempting a routine play at second.

      Heisey and Hannahan have both had great games.

  51. Let’s see if Votto can manage anything other than a weak ground out.

  52. Last two pitches on BP were way out of the strike zone. Two swings.

  53. Wow, just wow.

  54. So Votto 0-for-3 with his obligatory walk.

  55. Called third strike on Votto was six inches outside.

  56. Nice ab, Joey.

  57. This Reds offense owes everything to Brook Jacoby.

  58. Like sheep.

  59. 2-18 for Joey. To be honest, I’d rather he right correct that this week, against the Cardinals, than anytime else.

  60. I’ve seen enough. Maybe there’s an indy league game on the radio.

  61. Votto looks apathetic to me. Not someone you want to be handing a quarter of a billion dollars too. I hope and pray the Reds did their due diligence in vetting his mental makeup. His contract could likely become an albatross that sinks this team for a decade.

  62. Votto is just not votto lately… Is playing through it best way ? Man, he looks lost lately.

  63. To the best of my knowledge there’s no song called one outta three ain’t bad. Ain’t nuttin’ good about this Rockies series.

    • To the best of my knowledge there’s no song called one outta three ain’t bad. Ain’t nuttin’ good about this Rockies series.

      Objects in the rear view mirror appear closer than they are (Arizona)

  64. Hard to believe that these are the same hitters who battered around Wainwright a few days ago. I fear a payback is on the way.

  65. Who dey?

  66. Reds haven’t found a way to get Cuddyer out.

  67. Cuddyer has good ABs, makes it look easy.

  68. I guess partch is still out there because the bullpen is worn out? Chapman hasn’t pitch in 8 days.

  69. Guys……I’m scared for next week.

  70. So…its bad umpiring, players not bringing their A game, a mental problem, bad base running, and who all knows what else. Could it be we are just a good not great team?

  71. LOL…he was out by a few feet.

  72. Todd helton is 40 years old. Right?

  73. 2500 for Todd Helton. Good for him. He’s a class act.

  74. When your 2-3-4-5 hitters get exactly zero hits, this is the kind of team that is going to break your heart in that play-in game. Sorry, but it’s a play-in game.

  75. You heard it hear first, Reds will 2-5 over upcoming 7 games vs Cards and Dodgers…..

  76. I like votto but he isn’t worth all that money. Overpaid absolutely but it isn’t my call. Now down 5 runs. No way we come back. This team has no fight. Nice to see helton get standing ovation.

    Maybe we go down few more runs this inning, and dusty will give up this game, and onto Cardinals down 3 1/2 games.

    We can sweep the cardinals can’t we? No probl

  77. I’m happy I was able to see Helton get his 2500th base hit. Of course years from now I’ll be saying I was actually at the game.

  78. 2md bad call I’ve seen so far. When that Rockies player stole third “safe” and that double by Helton he was clearly out.

  79. The ball arrived at 2nd before Helton did. But it looked like Philipps didn’t apply the tag until Helton was on the base.

  80. Well, at least we got to see Todd Helton’s 2500th hit today.

  81. what happened on homerun? was it catchable at fence?

  82. Looking at it another way… if the Reds lose a play in wild card game, they will be exactly where they were last year….not advancing past the first round they participated in. Does anyone here really think that should the Reds miraculously win the division or the WC game, they will win a 5 game series vs ATL or LAD without home field advantage?

    • @abox03: I get your point, but finishing with 89 wins and the wild card isn’t where they were last year with 97 wins and the division championship. It’s worse.

      • @Steve Mancuso: Worse only the abstract of regular season wins. It has been proven time and time again that regular season wins means very little come the postseason. My overall point was the Reds are good enough to get into the postseason, but no matter as division champions or WC participants, they lack a certain “something” that is needed to advance.

  83. It’s like Harry Carey was so found of saying. “Let’s get some runs!”

  84. Heisey for 2014 leadoff!

  85. Heisey 4 for 4, what are the odds he starts tomorrow?

  86. 4 hits…back to the bench tomorrow

  87. It appears the home plate umpire just went to the dugout to barf.

  88. Are mlb umpires allowed to chew during games? I think he was barfing up some swallowed tobacco juice…

  89. Regarding the yawning… From what I understand, it’s possible Baker’s excessive yawning could be related to the stroke. But then, so too could any number of other serious problems, and if I suggested the stroke might be causing them (depression, exhaustion, lack of mental acuity, etc.), I bet a lot of Dusty apologists would say it’s impossible to know whether the stroke has any lingering effects.

  90. NEW GAME THREAD — NEW GAME THREAD — NEW GAME THREAD

  91. Please continue your game comments on the new thread.

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